National League Game Summary - Washington at Milwaukee
(Tuesday, May 24th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 7, Washington 6
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run single in the
eighth inning, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-6 win over the Washington
Nationals to take the first two games of a three-game series.
The Brewers, who trailed 6-2 after 3 1/2 innings, got two runs in each of
their last two at-bats. Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning
to get them within a run before Lucroy's hit put them ahead.
Closer John Axford worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth, hanging on
for his 13th save of the season. Mike McClendon (2-0) pitched two scoreless
innings for the win.
Lucroy also had a solo homer for the Brewers, who have won five in a row and
improved to 10-2 in their last 12 games. They are 5-0 on a nine-game
"We've played some great games here. I don't want to say this was the best,
but it was a great ballgame," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.
Michael Morse hit his first career grand slam for the Nationals, but flied out
with the bases loaded again in the ninth. Washington has lost four in a row
and is 1-6 on an eight-game road trip.
"It's a tough loss. The game speaks for itself," said Nationals manager Jim
Riggleman. "Our bullpen's done a great job protecting leads all year but it
just didn't happen for us tonight."
Brewers rightfielder Corey Hart remained hot, belting a two-run homer in the
first inning after hitting his first three home runs of the season in Monday's
11-3 win over the Nationals.
But a bigger blast was delivered by Morse, who belted a 2-0 pitch into the
first deck above left field to give the Nationals a 5-2 lead in the third
The Nationals took a 6-2 lead in the fourth inning and chased Brewers starter
Chris Narveson from the game.
Washington starter Livan Hernandez led off with a single, but was thrown out
at second on Roger Bernadina's line drive to center. Bernadina stole second,
then scored on Ian Desmond's double to the left-center field corner, knocking
Narveson out for Sergio Mitre.
Lucroy belted a two-out solo homer to left field to pull the Brewers within
6-3 in the bottom of the fourth, and they got within a run after Hernandez
came out of the game.
Tyler Clippard relieved the Nats starter to begin the seventh and walked Craig
Counsell with one out. Weeks followed with his eighth homer of the season, a
blast high into the left field seats.
Henry Rodriguez (1-1) came into the game with one out in the eighth inning and
took the loss after Milwaukee rallied. Casey McGehee greeted him with a single
and went to second on Brandon Boggs' two-out walk. Lucroy then delivered a
bloop single down the right field line to score the winning runs.
The relay throw beat Boggs, but catcher Wilson Ramos couldn't hold onto the
ball as he barreled into the plate.
"He never had it. It kind of took a tough hop but he just didn't get it," said
"We got beat on a flare hit. What are you going to do?" said Riggleman.
Hart, who spent most of April on the disabled list with a rib strain, knocked
in seven runs Monday with a pair of two-run homers and a three-run blast.
After Weeks drew a leadoff walk in the first, Hart worked a seven-pitch at-bat
against Hernandez, knocking his 3-2 pitch over the wall in left-center field
to make it 2-0 Milwaukee.
Hernandez helped his own cause, though, with a two-out RBI single in the
second. Morse doubled to lead off the inning, went to third on Danny
Espinosa's bunt single and scored on Hernandez's hit to left field.
Hernandez, who had two hits to raise his average to .222, gave up three runs
and five hits in six innings. Narveson yielded six runs on eight hits and two
walks in 3 1/3 innings.
Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun was ejected in the third inning after being
called out on a close play at first base, snapping his 13-game hitting streak.
Braun threw his helmet on the ground and was tossed by first base umpire
Adrian Johnson. He was ejected for the second time in his career. Both times
have been in games against the Nationals.
05/25 00:24:18 ET
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